The struggles you are facing today are not to show how weak you are but to bring out the strength God is developing in you. Your obstacles are not here to drown you but to teach you how to swim. It’s in deeper waters that you learn how to rise above the waves and see the very strength of God in you like never before. Because when God moves you from the kiddie pool to the big pool, you’re going to pray a little harder, you’re going to read your bible a little longer, and listen a little more intently. Maybe your intention is to figure out the fastest way back to the kiddie pool but God is using this season to teach you how to overcome it.

Maybe for you that looks like ending a relationship or facing the fear of starting one. Maybe it’s investing in a new business, having another child, moving to a new city, or simply starting to eat more healthy. Whatever God is using to stretch you is what he’s using to grow you. isaiah 43:2 tells us:

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (NLT)

If you aren’t in deep waters now, at some point you will be. And when you are, you might not know how you will overcome but you can hold on to this truth as an anchor for your soul: God is with you. And that fact alone is assurance that these waters are not here to destroy you. Quite the opposite actually. This stretching is exactly what God will use to strengthen you.

The choice is ours. We can allow fear to keep us in the kiddie pool, but then what? We have a comfortable life? That’s it? Is that all we want? Or do we kick our feet, move our arms and relax so we can float above our deep waters? Do we trust God will catch us if we start sinking and experience for ourselves what awaits those who choose faith over fear?

Ronne B